The Secret to Fast Writing

By Ruth Barringham

Recently, I’ve been writing and publishing the four ebooks in my Monthly Challenge Writing Series. All these ebooks, as you can guess from the titles, are all about different ways to earn money from writing in a month:

Quick Cash Freelance Writing
Build a Lucrative Niche Website in a Month
Fast & Profitable Article Writing
The One Month Author

Just as an FYI, the last ebook is being published next week. This week, Fast & Profitable Article Writing is still at the introductory price of only 99 cents, but will increase next week when the final ebook becomes available. See more at https://ruthiswriting.com/books.html

Anyway, getting back on topic, the thing about all these ebooks is that they are all about writing quickly, which with practice, comes easily to most writers.

But before you can write quickly, no matter how long you’ve been writing, the thing that really speeds up the process is having an outline. That’s the secret to writing fast, which isn’t really a secret at all.

Naturally, there are writers who can write thousands of words a day without an outline or even knowing where their writing is going or how it’s going to end. These writers who write by the seat of their pants like this, are called ‘Pantsers’ and they’re usually fiction writers.

The rest of us mere mortals use outlines for both fiction and non-fiction because in order to write fast we need to know what to write.

With a good outline it makes it easy to sit down, start writing, and go for hours because it’s so much easier to write when you know exactly where you’re going.

Some think that using an outline will stifle creativity, but I find it has the opposite effect.

Using an outline frees my mind to write because I don’t have to worry about going off-topic. Even if I do start to go off on a tangent, my outline gets me back on track effortlessly.

It also helps me to remember what I was going to write and the point I was trying to make.

Have you ever had the experience of talking to someone and realising that you’ve forgotten the point you were trying to make? Well, the same thing happens to me when I’m writing. I can write one or two pages and suddenly realise I’ve forgotten the point I was trying to make. But with an outline, I just have to look at it and go, “Oh yeah. That’s right,” and carry on writing.

Using an outline means I know exactly what I want to say which makes the whole writing process so much easier and faster.

It also means that I’ve captured my ideas in my outline so I don’t forget them.

And with so much going for using an outline, why wouldn’t you?

Free up your mind for writing by getting your ideas down in your outline first.

Writing shouldn’t be hard, and with an outline it isn’t,

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